Great Britain’s junior men’s team secured the 2016 artistic gymnastics European team gold to keep up a remarkable run, making it five in a row and once again proving the incredible depth of talent in the country. Giarnni Regini-Moran, Joshua Nathan, Jamie Lewis, Joe Fraser and Donnell Osbourne held their nerve against tough opposition from Russia to seal the title on the final apparatus
Giarnni Regini-Moran led the way with an outstanding all-around performance, the best of the competition scoring him 85.964 but more importantly helping the GB team to a total of 253.436 points and the team gold. Russia placed in silver with 252.061 and Switzerland, cheered all the way by a very vocal home crowd in Bern scored 249.959 to take the bronze.
The British team were confident going in to the championships and despite having to replace Hamish Carter due to injury; they took to the arena with the aim to win the gold. The format of the competition called for four of the five strong team to compete on each apparatus with the top three scores then counting for the team total.
Starting the event on high bar the team put in superb performances as a platform for success, all keeping their nerve with no mistakes. On floor Giarnni and Jamie showed a great array of tough tumbling skills, while on pommel the team rallied round after a fall from Joshua demonstrating their team ethic and professionalism. The rings routines were all solid and then on vault, knowing that Russia had forged a lead, Giarnni really rose to the occasion with outstanding work worthy of any senior competition. Finally on parallel bars the test was to keep the nerve with the crowd getting louder and louder and they did just that, each gymnasts performing great routines.
Giarnni Regini-Moran said “It’s amazing to be with this group, on vault we were nearly five marks down and we pulled it back. We’ve all worked so hard together as a team and were all very proud. We have a few finals to look forward to but for the moment we’ll enjoy this gold medal.”
Joe Fraser adding “All the pressure felt like it was on me competing the last routine; it was really close with Russia throughout the competition so we knew we had to pull out our best routines at the end. To do that was just unbelievable I didn’t know how to react and to then be with the team with the gold medal is the best feeling ever.”
The next competition sees our senior men in action tomorrow (Thursday) as they aim for qualification to their team and apparatus finals. The junior s are next in action in Fridays all-around final with Giarnni having topped qualifying and Joe Fraser in fourth, then comes the apparatus finals on Sunday with numerous GB gymnasts aiming to be amongst the medals across the finals.
More information and full results can be found here.